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We’re moving to CuseCountry.com

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2007

DC is Cuse Country

This is a photo of a sign blog contributor Josh made before a game against Georgetown in Washington. It became something of a running joke in our crew: Wherever we were, that was Cuse Country. When it came time to name this little project of ours, it seemed a natural fit. Holy crap, the Internet is Cuse Country!

Now, the time has come to move to nicer real estate. And with football season looming like an orange cloud of noxious gas, we’re moving to a new address that doesn’t have “hoops” in the URL.

So come visit us at CuseCountry.com. Same great stuff, new great home.

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Random love from Sports Illustrated

Posted by Tim on June 27, 2007

Don’t know why, but Sports Illustrated gives a (very) brief rundown of the top 10 athletes in SU history. Carmelo Anthony and Dave Bing make an appearance, among others. Worth checking out if you’re starved for Syracuse content.

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A ghost from the (recent) past

Posted by Tom on June 24, 2007

Recently, work obligations brought me to the annual gala fundraising dinner for Rising Stars, a basketball-based youth program in New York. I came into the event excited to chew the fat with featured speaker Jason McElwain, the autistic high school team manager who became the feel-good story of 2006 when he got into a game and started draining sick threes every time down the court. The highlight still gives me chills even after seeing it at least ten times:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcF7DsaGTg8

I remembered hearing in the blitz of media coverage that surrounded this that Jason (a Rochester native) was a big Syracuse fan, and that he went by J-Mac in honor of his hero Gerry McNamara. In talking to him, he turned out to be a pretty quiet kid who felt strongly about two things: that Syracuse totally got screwed by the selection committee this year, and that the new practice facility that Carmelo donated 3 million for would be completely awesome.

In any case, our chit chat was interrupted by a vaguely familiar-looking older gentleman who approached us with inexplicable glee. “I hear what you’re talking about!” and then to Jason, “do you want to tell him, or should I? Go on, you tell him!”

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jim Boeheim, Losses, NCAA Tournament | 1 Comment »

Belgian Playoff Fever! (Pro Update 5-30)

Posted by Josh on May 30, 2007

It’s that time of year in Belgium. The waffle crop is ripening on the vine, chocolate is falling from the sky nightly, and a young man’s thoughts turn to… Elvir Ovcina, #15 in your program:

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Demetris Nichols, Elvir Ovcina, Former Orangemen, Josh Pace, kodiak bears, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 4 Comments »

green light on Green, follows freshmen phenoms

Posted by syracusan on May 25, 2007

Life is tough at the top, as Georgetown is finding out. The “new sheriff in town” got knocked back to the pack just as quickly as they climbed the mountain, thanks to Jeff Green’s decision to go pro. This is a huge loss for the Hoyas, and a major gain for the rest of the Big East. Unfortunately, the other half of the Dynamic Hoya Duo, Roy Hibbert, made the smart decision and opted to stay in school. Good for him, bad for us. However, Hibbert has never excelled against SU, so it’s a much bigger deal that Green is gone. He was the legit MVP of the league, and if he had come back the Hoyas likely would have been preseason #1 in the country. Now they’ll be in the bottom half of the top ten, and, more importantly, much more vulnerable on the court. Success breeds defections in college basketball, as Georgetown fans now know. It’s not so easy to build a franchise anymore; you need to get your ring when you have your chance, because your big ticket players might not be around for more than one run. Carmelo did us up right.

Which brings me to Kevin Durant and Greg Oden. Was anyone else secretly grinning when Durant got knocked out of the NCAAs early last year, and when Oden failed in the end? I like the perch that Carmelo sits on right now, and I’m not to keen to have anyone else match his accomplishments. Every year there are going to be hot new freshmen that inevitably draw Carmelo comparisons, and some, like Durant, will blow him away statistically. But as long as they fail to bring home a ring in their one-and-done seasons, no one can say they really matched what Melo did. Carmelo not only was utterly dominant on the floor, but he also had a will to win unmatched by anyone in Syracuse history. He exerted his authority in crunch time in a way that these other hot shots simply haven’t done, and that, in my book, is what ultimately made him special. Durant may be a once in a generation talent, but he allowed his team to lose when it mattered most. Same with Oden. Carmelo brought home the trophy for us before he left for the NBA; something none of these other freshmen have done, nor Jeff Green either.

So my new hobby during NCAA tournaments is to root against the overhyped Freshmen du Jour. Not unlike the old ’72 Dolphins who pop a champagne bottle each NFL season when the last undefeated team loses, I’ll give a toast every time Carmelo’s legacy is preserved — or even improved — by the new kids failing to bring their teams a ring before bailing for the NBA.

Unless of course Donte Greene wants to do it, for which I’ll make an exception.

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push polling

Posted by syracusan on May 20, 2007

Ray over at OrangeHoops put together a fun little distraction for the summer that’s worth a minute or two of your time. He set up a Rankopedia poll on the greatest SU basketball players of all time, and he’s asking people to go vote for their top ten. It’s an interesting exercise, and I’m as curious as he to see what our collective wisdom will come up with. He’s provided a list of the top 50 players (according to his historical analysis), and you can pick and choose amongst that group for your top ten. Stats are provided as a guide, and it’s up to you to choose how you want to interpret a one-year wonder like Carmelo as compared to a four year contributor with more impressive cumulative numbers (though Ray is asking people to value the overall career).

Interestingly, the top ten as it currently stands after a dozen or so votes exactly matches my top ten, though in a different order. I wonder if SU’s history has produced a convenient ten spot of transcendent players that clearly stand out above all the rest? We’ll know more once more people vote. The top three looks like it’s already a lock though, as Bing, Coleman, and Melo are collectively miles ahead of the rest.

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Lose And Go Home (Pro Update 5-3)

Posted by Josh on May 3, 2007

The Syracuse presence has been purged from the NBA playoffs, unless you count Marvin Aufrichtig who is calling games for TNT. Last night the Denver Nuggets were bounced by the Spurs. After winning game 1, Denver lost the next four in a row to San Antonio. The Spurs’ defense was relentless, frustrating the pants off the Nuggets who scored well below their season average in all four losses. Carmelo Anthony played very well in all four games but didn’t get enough help from his teammates. Melo averaged 26.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg in the five games. He shot 48% from the floor overall. But Allen Iverson got stuffed in games 2 thru 5, scoring 20.8 ppg but shooting only 34%. With AI struggling to put the ball in the hoop, and the role players basically a no-show on offense (other than Nene), Denver was unceremoniously dumped. Carmelo will probably call this a disappointing season because of the playoff loss but in most respects he should feel good about the year. His scoring and rebounding averages were both career highs, and his 28.9 ppg was second in the league behind Kobe. He shot nearly 50% from the field, made his first All-Star team, and generally cemented his position among the NBA elite. You just have to overlook this. All of the Nuggets’ main contributors are signed through next year at least with the exception of Steve Blake (who, though a starter, wasn’t a huge factor this year, especially in the playoffs) so, barring a significant trade, this year’s Nuggets team will look a lot like next year’s.

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Win Or Go Home (Pro Update 4-24)

Posted by Josh on April 24, 2007

The NBA Playoffs have begun, extending the seasons of two former Orangemen. The other two get an extra 6 weeks of vacation. There are still several guys active overseas too.

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Crunch Time (Pro Update 4-18)

Posted by Josh on April 18, 2007

I wish I could dunk!No, this is not a post about Syracuse’s minor league hockey team. It’s going down to the wire in the NBA for Jason Hart and the Clippers. Last night they toppled the Suns who admittedly did not have much to play for, but still played their usual starting lineup and player rotation. Hart had 16 points, 4 assists, and 5 rebounds, with only one turnover. He also made two game-clinching free throws with under 8 seconds remaining to put LA up by four. But LA still trails Golden State by one game going into tonight’s final game of the season. This is because GS has won their last three games, while LA has only gone 2-1. The loss was a bad one, Monday vs. the bottom-dwelling Sacramento Hart-Benchers, a game in which Jason had 6 points and 6 assists. Last Saturday they beat Portland, with Hart tallying 4 points, 5 rebs, and 5 dimes. The tough luck for LA was that last night while they beat the Suns’ regulars, the Warriors trounced the Mavericks in a game where Dallas did not play Nowitzki, Stackhouse, or Howard, and Jason Terry played only 17 minutes. Dallas has already clinched everything so you can’t blame them for resting their guys, but it does dent LA’s hopes. The Clippers can still get in, but they have to win tonight vs. the Hornets (no sure thing) and hope Golden State falls to the Trailblazers.

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Playoff Push (Pro Update 4-12)

Posted by Josh on April 12, 2007

With the NBA regular season just about done, several Orangemen are doing their best to get their teams securely into the playoffs.

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Posted in Carmelo Anthony, Damone Brown, Elvir Ovcina, Etan Thomas, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick, Jason Hart, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Otis Hill, Preston Shumpert | 1 Comment »